Katie Couric

Active - 2002 - 2019  |   Born - Jan 7, 1957 in Arlington, Virginia, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Culture & Society, Children's/Family, Travel

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Biography by Cammila Collar

The newscaster with the thousand-watt smile, Katie Couric became a vital companion to millions of Americans getting ready for work when she assumed hosting duties of the Today show in 1991. Effervescent, intelligent, and always energetic, Couric became a cultural icon during her 15-year run on the program, sharing the sympathy of legions when her husband died in 1998 of colon cancer. In order to spread public awareness about the preventative nature of colon cancer, Couric surprised viewers in 2000 by broadcasting her own colonoscopy on national television. Always a risk taker, Couric announced in 2006 that she'd be leaving the program to become the first solo female anchor of a nightly national news program at CBS.

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  • Was a high school cheerleader, gymnast, runner, National Honor Society member and newspaper writer.
  • After watching her fill in for an absent news correspondent at the start of her career in 1980, a CNN executive said he never wanted to see her on the air again.
  • While Deborah Norville was out on maternity leave, she sat in for her as co-anchor of NBC's Today Show, and officially replaced Norville in 1991.
  • Launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA) to encourage preventive testing and new medical research after her husband died of colon cancer in 1998.
  • Wrote a bestselling children's book, The Brand New Kid, in 2000.
  • Named News Person of the Year by TV GUIDE in 2001. Other awards she has won include Daytime Emmys, an Associated Press Award and a National Headliner Award.
  • Was the voice of the character Katie Current in the animated movie Shark Tale (2004).
  • In 2006, she left the Today Show to anchor the CBS Evening News, becoming the first woman to solo anchor a weeknight network news broadcast.
  • In 2009, won a Walter Cronkite Award for Special Achievement for National Impact on the 2008 Campaign.